UNT students alerted after kidnapping and sexual assault reported



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Posted on November 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 4:49 PM

DENTON -- Students at the University of North Texas are on alert after a student reported that he was kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

The reported kidnapping occurred at about 7 p.m. Tuesday night as the victim was walking along a service drive between the Radio, Television and Film Building and the Art Building. According to a crime alert released by campus officials, a vehicle pulled up alongside the student and asked for directions to Kerr Hall. The victim willingly got in the vehicle to show them to Kerr Hall and was immediately accosted.

A male in the car pulled out a knife and the victim's eyes were covered before the suspects drove him to an unknown nearby location and sexually assaulted him. The victim was later freed on the east side of campus.

The driver of the vehicle, which was an older-model, blue, four-door sedan with blue interior (possibly a Nissan), was described as a white male in his early 20s, six feet tall, with a muscular build and short brown hair. At the time of the assault, the suspect was clean shaven, wearing an blue t-shirt, torn blue jeans and brown boots.

The passenger in the vehicle was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, 5-foot-6, with a stocky build, medium skin color and a very dark "faux hawk" hairstyle. At the time of the assault, the suspect was clean shaven, wearing an orange t-shirt, blue jeans, and blue and white tennis shoes.

"It makes you not want to trust people as much," said UNT freshman Kurt Doty. "I think there's a safe way to help people at night."

He along with other students learned about the incident from a crime alert e-mail, which went out Tuesday.

Maria Bautista said the incident was concerning and she applauded the victim for coming forward.

"It takes a lot of courage to admit something like that happens to you, especially if you're a male, because it doesn't happen as often; we don't hear about it as much," she said.

As the investigation continues, students say they will likely be more observant. And that's just what school officials hope they will learn from the crime alert.

Anyone with information is urged to call the UNT Criminal Investigations Division at 940-565-3006, or you can remain anonymous by calling UNT Crime Stoppers at 940-369-TIPS (8477).

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